BC Farm Industry Review Board
The B.C. Farm Industry Review Board (BCFIRB) is an independent administrative tribunal that operates at arm's length from government.
What Does BCFIRB Do?
BCFIRB’s statutorily mandates include hearing appeals and complaints as well as supervising BC’s regulated agricultural commodity boards and commissions. BCFIRB's responsibilities are established in the Natural Products Marketing (BC) Act, the Farm Practices Protection (Right to Farm) Act, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and are supported by the Administrative Tribunals Act.
These responsibilities include:
- Supervising BC’s regulated commodity boards and commissions
- Being a signatory to formal federal-provincial agreements in regulated marketing
- Hearing appeals of regulated marketing board and commission orders and decisions
- Hearing appeals of certain animal custody and cost decisions of the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
- Hearing farm practices complaints from persons disturbed by odour, noise, dust and other disturbances arising from agriculture and aquaculture operations
- Conducting farm practices studies
Under the Natural Products Marketing (BC) Act (NPMA), BCFIRB is responsible for
- The general supervision of regulated agricultural commodity boards created under that Act;
- Hearing appeals filed by any person who is aggrieved by or dissatisfied with orders, decisions or determinations of the commodity boards; and
- Acting as a signatory to federal-provincial agreements for supply-managed commodities.
Read more about BCFIRB's roles in relation to regulated marketing.
Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCAA), BCFIRB is responsible for hearing appeals from persons specified in the Act who are dissatisfied with:
- Certain decisions to take custody of an animal;
- Decisions to affirm notice that animals will be destroyed, sold or otherwise disposed of;
- The costs for which an owner is liable; and/or
- The costs that an owner must pay before animals are returned.
Read more about BCFIRB's role in relation to animal custody.
Under the Farm Practices Protection (Right to Farm) Act (FPPA), BCFIRB
- Is responsible for hearing complaints from persons aggrieved by odour, noise, dust or other disturbances arising from agriculture or certain aquaculture operations; and
- May also study and report generally on farm practices.
- BCFIRB 2018/19 BCFIRB Annual Report (PDF)
- BCFIRB 2017/18 BCFIRB Annual Report (PDF)
- BCFIRB Looking Back at 75 Years (PDF)
BCFIRB's mandates are set out in the following legislation:
- Natural Products Marketing (BC) Act (NPMA)
- Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCAA)
- Farm Practices Protection (Right to Farm) Act (FPPA)
BCFIRB's functions are also subject to the Administration Tribunal Act (ATA).